Château Mouton Rothschild
Chateau Mouton Rothschild dates back to the 1730's. In 1853 Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought the vineyard of Mouton in the Medoc and it was re-named Mouton Rothschild. It was classified as a second growth wine until 1973 when it was promoted to first growth status. The wines stand out from other Bordeaux wines as for each vintage, a well-known artist is commissioned to design a new label, making the wine very collectable. The vineyards total 75 hectares producing around 25,000 cases with plantings of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
With a huge dark and dense nose, this wine is very big and exceedingly powerful. Blackcurrant fruit predominates on the palate with high levels of acidity and very firm tannins that fill the mouth. Mocha and coffee notes follow, leading to a very long and persistent finish.
Classic Beef Wellington
"As for the 2012 Mouton Rothschild, one can’t help but love the artist’s label, in this case done by Miquel Barceló, of two rams fighting for superiority. Representing only 49% of the crop, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc has an inky bluish/purple color, which is far darker than its nearby neighbor, Lafite Rothschild, or even Pontet-Canet. Multi-layered, with rich, concentrated, crème de cassis fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity, this is a major success in 2012. Definitely a bigger, richer wine than rival Lafite Rothschild, Mouton’s 2012 seems to have more density as well. The tannins, however, remain soft and well-integrated. This wine should drink well for 25-30 years and is somewhat of a sleeper for a 2012 first-growth Médoc." 94 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #218, April 2015)